FATHERFather’s DayS’ DAY”
What comes to mind when you consider the term “Father’s Day?” Is it time spent with family remembering what wonderful things your dad did for you while you were growing up? Do you think about how he worked to love, guide, protect, and provide for you? Maybe it’s a special meal as you and your siblings all gather around the same table to eat, enjoy, and celebrate. Some may think of the time it took to travel to his house to present him with gifts of love, gratitude, and appreciation. Whatever special thoughts come to mind, you are blessed if you had or have a father that God desires.
God’s expectation is that, barring unforeseen circumstances, a father and mother will raise children that will be a glory to their parents and to God. Father’s Day should be more that a sentimental remembrance of the presence of a doting father. It should be an affirmation of the presence of a Godly man deeply involved in the lives of his children. Fathers play a great part in the ordering of the lives of their children. The absence of a father’s guidance puts their future in jeopardy.
A Godly father is a loving man. He loves his wife and his children and is willing to be there for them. A Godly father is a devout man. He loves his God and knows that bringing up his children in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord” is of great importance. A Godly father is a wise man. He understands that he must raise his children in the way that God instructs in His Holy Word. He loves his children, but he also knows that they need to be corrected with a firm but gentle hand at times.
Children raised by Godly fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities. Children with involved fathers are less likely to drop out of school and are less likely to repeat a grade. They are more likely to get good grades, have good attendance, and good behavior. Involved Godly fathers are more likely to see the importance of their children having a good relationship with the Lord.
A Godly father must provide ……….
More than a paycheck.
Affection to his wife and to his family.
A Godly example to live by.
Godly advice to his children and household.
Loving concern for all under his roof.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the great fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers in our congregation.
Written by Larry Schneider